Mickey Mouse is adorable, and all, but his real-life buddies have no business inside your home. Do not be fooled by their sweet and fluffy faces: mice are not something you want in your house or room. Rodents are not just ick-worthy; they can also do some very serious harm to your home, and they’ve been known to chew through drywall insulation, electrical wires, and car cables.
How to tell you that you have a rodent in your house?
Just because you haven’t seen in person, a rodent doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If you suspect you have a mouse in the house, you might be right if you see any (or all) of the signs below:
- Mice droppings:
The tiny rodents often leave their signature calling card in the rooms where food is stored, along the baseboards and below the sinks.
- Greasy marks:
Rat particularly leaves greasy dirt marks behind them as they walk the same paths over and over again.
- Chew marks:
The Rodents can chew through any number of materials, including wires and plastic, while searching for food and water.
Rats and mice dangerous for your health
Rodents can bear a variety of illnesses and can pick up infected food particles and spread salmonella and E. Colli. Rodents may also bring other pests into your homes, such as fleas, ticks, and lice, and in some people can trigger allergies.
How to eliminate mice and rats?
If you need some severe pest protection, there are some simple rodent control tips to stop rats and mice from coming into your house. For starters try the following rodent control DIY’s:
- Seal any internal gaps or crevices with steel wool or caulk as house rats and mice can make them fit through openings as small as an inch.
- Keep the living rooms and basements dust free.
- Remove any excess humidity around the house.
- Keep firewood at a minimum distance of 20 feet from your house.
- Hold food in airtight containers, and properly dispose of garbage.
If you have been through the avoidance process and you need to get rid of a rodent, there’s plenty of rodent control tips to do it yourself:
- Peppermint oil will keep mice away from parts of your house they haven’t reached before.
- The Glue traps or snap traps are one of the most effective ways to get rid of a rodent.
- Mousetrap stations are ideal if you have small children in your home! They contain poison that can only be accessed by the mice, and little kids cannot get their hands inside.
If these methods of rodent control DIY are not working, then it is time to call the professionals.
Professionals know the correct tools to use and, most importantly, the right placement. Rodents are small but clever, and it takes someone with expertise and knowledge to determine the situation to quickly and safely eradicate the problem.